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message 1: by Jason (new)

Jason I love this book!

message 2: by Kelly (new)

Kelly I am just getting into it, so I can't quite express an opinion yet, but I want to love it too! I hope I do!

message 3: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony Yes, I liked this one more than Freedom, no doubt. I worry the novel gets lost in the Oprah controversy.

message 4: by Kelly (new)

Kelly I didn't know about the Oprah thing. I just looked it up. Yeah, those are amazingly obnoxious things to say, especially the thing about how women are the real readers of America ("because men are out golfing"), but he was hoping to reach a male audience. Thanks, Franzen. Sorry to be a second-class audience for you. Ugh. I'm trying to separate that from the novel that I just read because it really was very good. But maybe the gross parts of some of the men in here were less intentionally gross than I had thought.

Tommie, did you read it when it first came out?

message 5: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Thanks! I haven't read Freedom yet either. I wanted to read a Franzen and everybody told me this was better. Sounds like general opinion still goes that way.

message 6: by Ellen (new)

Ellen I loathed this book. Hated it. Only Bridges of Madison Country irritated me more. Your excellent review, however, makes me want to give it another try, or at least read something else Franzen wrote. He was, after all, a good friend of DFW. How bad can he be?

message 7: by Jason (new)

Jason Wonderful review, Kelly. This novel is a masterpiece. I'm really glad you loved it. I think Freedom is good, too, but it never reaches the stars quite like The Corrections does.

message 8: by Kelly (last edited Nov 21, 2012 10:40AM) (new)

Kelly I did love it. Against all odds, too. I admit that some parts worked better for me than others (for either stylistic or content reasons) and Franzen can belabor a point a bit hard at times (the angst about people being on meds and the anti-corporate stuff went on a bit too long). But those are just complaints based on my particular tastes. It's a brilliantly thought out and executed for vast majority of the novel. A lot more heart in it than I had expected. I don't know if I want to read Freedom, given the opinions I keep hearing! Maybe I should leave with my opinion of Franzen intact.

Ellen, that is a strong reaction! Might be a bit much for
even the power of the DFW to overcome. What irritated you about the book?

message 9: by Cecily (new)

Cecily I wish I could do more than one "like" for this brilliant review. Instead, I'll content myself with linking to it from my own review, just so I can easily find it, and send a few others to it.

message 10: by Kelly (new)

Kelly How kind! Thanks Cecily. I'm glad you also seem to have enjoyed (or respected? It seems hard to attach the word enjoy to this novel) your read of this one!

message 11: by Szplug (last edited Nov 21, 2012 03:57PM) (new)

Szplug This is such a perfectly constructed review, Kelly—outstanding perception and thematic relation while touching upon enough of the narrative and characterizations to deeply intrigue, and yet not revealing anything at the level of spoilage without providing ample warning. Fantastic stuff!

I was leaning towards Freedom for my initiation to Franzen's fiction, but I might just do the ol' switcheroo after reading this...

message 12: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Thanks, I really appreciate you saying that! If you do go for this one first I do hope you'll write a review. I'd be curious to see if our perceptions of Franzen's construction and his characters' personalities are similar. Or at least if you like it at all- I'd hate to steer you wrong! As evidenced by Ellen's reaction above, seems to be a love or hate kind of piece!

message 13: by Corey (new)

Corey One of the best reviews of a book I've yet to see on here. Great job with this! Makes me want to read the book again.

message 14: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Thanks! It was a delightful surprise of a book. Much more than what I thought it was at the start, in a good way.

message 15: by Joan (new)

Joan Thanks for the great review. When I read the book 10 years ago I like it. Reading it again brought a deeper appreciation for the characters in this family, for their struggles and their flaws. The parents' denial of his ending days made me squirm, but deserves sympathy and understanding.

message 16: by Dona (new)

Dona That was an amazing review!

message 17: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Thanks! It's a really interesting book.

message 18: by Steven (new)

Steven Godin Wow! what a review, I had to stop halfway for a coffee break!

message 19: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Ha, thanks! Much appreciated. Yes, sometimes I cross over into essay territory-oops. :)

message 20: by Ben (new)

Ben Brilliant review, Kelly. Reminded me of how much I loved this novel.

message 21: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Thanks!

message 22: by Nusrah (new)

Nusrah Javed Such a brilliant review!

message 23: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Thanks! This book did give me a lot to consider.

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